Man, I miss this site, but school has taken over my life (which is a good thing I guess; Its good to have more social life than an internet forum).
I have Statistics, Physics, Physics lab, STATICS, Materials Engineering, Biblical Poetical Books homework calling (Statics is a... well, it's tough). I have to write a report relating Ecclesiastes to Eastern religions (Which, by the way, if anyone wants to recommend some good Primary source materials, that would be cool), and I have to tutor people in physics and statistics. I'm in student senate and on the academics committee. Last week we just got through initiating our Flooder freshmen (Flooders!!!). I have three or four chapels a week to go to. There is always some kind of excitement here on Flooders (Floor runs, devos, HALO tournament, random events, shopping cart-like projects, hangin out, etc) There's lake parties, Symphony, Volleyball tournaments, movies, midnight Bridge-jumping trips ice-cream coffee shop IHOP runs, Church, piano, books, Marine Corps training, Community street ministry, Paintball team practices and tournaments (I'm a captain), prayer and meditation time, and sleep somewhere in there (maybe).
And all these things are demanding massive amounts of my time, which I don't have much of.... So all this goes to say, I'll try and pop in here and write a post, if I should ever get a break. I miss arguing and thinking about abstract things... I'm almost sick of formulas. Everything in Engineering is about finding the right formula and the right numbers and plugging it in...
But I'm having a great time back at school.
Ecclesiastes 5:18 "Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him -- for this is his lot. Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work -- This is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart."
Glad to hear you're enjoying school. Sounds like you're pretty busy. Hopefully, it won't take up all of your time, though, so you'll still have the chance to post occasionally. Nothing worse than losing online time because of real life.
Anyway, it's nice to have you back. Good luck with everything in school. Study hard and learn plenty!
The Master said to me: All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the One Mind, beside which nothing exists. This Mind, which is without beginning, is unborn and indestructible. It is not green nor yellow, and has neither form nor appearance. It does not belong to the categories of things which exist or do not exist, nor can it be thought of in terms of new or old. It is neither long nor short, big nor small, for it transcends all limits, measure, names, traces and comparisons. It is that which you see before you - begin to reason about it and you at once fall into error. It is like the boundless void which cannot be fathomed or measured. The One Mind alone is the Buddha, and there is no distinction between the Buddha and sentient things, but that sentient beings are attached to forms and so seek externally for Buddhahood. By their very seeking they lose it, for that is using the Buddha to seek for the Buddha and using mind to grasp Mind. Even though they do their utmost for a full aeon, they will not be able to attain it. They do not know that, if they put a stop to conceptual thought and forget their anxiety, the Buddha will appear before them, for this Mind is the Buddha and the Buddha is all living beings. It is not the less for being manifested in ordinary beings, nor is it greater for being manifest in the Buddhas.
School comes first while you are taking classes. I don't know whether to be amazed or appalled at the number of your extraciricular activities!
I actually realized after I had done some research that my paper wasn't actually a research paper, but more of an exegesis paper on a particular passage. But I did look at some websites about the possible connections.
Thanks for your links Jar and Ifen. They are all very interesting.